A father was sentenced to community service after he refused to let his young daughter leave the dinner table for 13 hours until she’d eaten all her brussels sprouts.

The man, 42, from Quebec, Canada, reportedly engaged in a heated exchange with the girl in January 2016 before forcing the eight-year-old to sit at the table without access to the bathroom, The Ottawa Citizen reported.

After soiling herself in her chair, and then vomitting the girl was left shivering and suffering from hypothermia, a court heard.

The judgement was handed down in January and revealed the father left one sprout on the girl’s plate for her to finish in the morning, shares Yahoo 7.

The father, reportedly a junior college professor in special education, was sentenced to four months community service and ordered to make a $500 charitable donation.

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  • Feel sorry for her having a father like that.


  • He’s supposed to be a special education professor? I think he should move to a different profession if he is going to treat his child this way, what would he be like with other children. Maybe a better form of punishment would be for him to spend 24 hours in jail being forced to eat something that he hates. Might make him understand more


  • Well I think he would be feeling like a Brussel sprout after this, no one wanting to be around him. I can’t imagine sitting there for 13 hours being forced to eat something. I’m glad the girl didn’t eat it haha showed him!


  • Wow, that’s a very extreme reaction to brussel sprouts. We all know that noone really likes brussel sprouts so to be forced for that long – he has humiliated, degraded and traumatised his young daughter who will always associate this with brussel sprouts. So much that’s wrong about this – child abuse, neglect… and he’s a special ed teacher who should have compassion and a very considerate and understanding personality. I wouldn’t want him teaching my child.


  • That’s way over the top and he should know better being a special education teacher. How could you do that to your own child, that’s sadistic behaviour and I hope that the social services equivalent in Canada keep a watch on him and his children.


  • Well this makes me feel a whole lot better about my parenting!


  • She is never going to trust her father again. What a horrible thing to do


  • You either love brussel sprouts or hate them. Terrible thing he did.

    • Being introduced to vegetables should be fun and by making trying new foods a traumatic experience surely causes aversion to the introduction of future foods. Trust is surely gone too!


  • Wow, that was very excessive what the father did, and he is an intellectual! Poor girl. I guess he thought he was doing the right thing making her try new things. As parents, we all make mistakes as parenting doesn’t come with a manual.


  • The poor child – such a traumatic ordeal for this poor child. A parent is supposed to love and protect and not punish and humiliate a child. The court got the punishment right and I do hope there is vigilance in monitoring this family – quite disturbing!


  • I agree this dad was sentenced !!
    He forced her to eat everything and not to leave the diner table for 13 hours, without use of the toilet ! She soiling herself in her chair, vomitted and was left shivering and suffering from hypothermia !!
    The most concerning part I think is the fact that this dad a junior college professor in special education !! To be honest this incident totally disqualifies him for that in my opinion !


  • Yeah ok this is way too excessive! I’m glad he got a sentence and hopefully some sort or further punishment for his behaviour.


  • the rule in our house is you have to try them, that is all, with anything new. My husband and I love brussell sprouts but the older kids hate them, the jury is still out on the younger kids though


  • brussel sprouts are disgusting, but I eat them infront of my kids to encourage them to eat/try them and they do try. I do it with lots of vegies I don’t like because i know the importance of kids trying and eating them and not following my lead because I don’t eat them.

    I find this article interesting and wish we knew more facts!


  • I’m sorry but I feel this story is not really covered or complete. Why did the child get hypothermia? Also love to know who reported him.
    Any how I do think this punishment is very very excessive for this poor child.


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